|Cannon's Jug Stompers-Pig Ankle Strut - Cannon's Jug Stompers|
Recorded on September 5, 1928 in Memphis. See notes for "Minglewood Blues" and "Viola Lee Blues" for lineup.
Keywords: Music; Acoustic; Blues; 78rpm; Hokum
Downloads: 7,543 (1 review)
|Eck Robertson-Sally Gooden - Eck Robertson|
Recorded on June 30, 1922 or July 1, 1922 in New York City. Although it is indeed possible, if not likely, that country or hillbilly performers had been recorded earlier, these sessions with Texas fiddler Eck Robertson are the earliest documented recording sessions of a country performer. The recordings were not released until about a year later. "Sally Gooden" is another ubiquitous old-time fiddle tune that is rivalled only by "Soldier's Joy" in popularity.
Keywords: Music; Acoustic; Country; Instrumental; Old-Time Appalachian; Fiddle Tune; 78rpm
Downloads: 11,105 (2 reviews)
|Blind Alfred Reed-How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live - Blind Alfred Reed|
Recorded on December 4, 1929 in New York City With Blind Alfred Reed on fiddle and vocals and Arville Reed on guitar. Arville was Alfred's son. Blind Alfred was something of a protest singer, as one can gather from this selection recorded while the Wall Street crash was still fresh. However, he also had a conservative bent. In "Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls?" he scolded flappers in light of biblical prohibitions.
Keywords: Music; Acoustic; Country; Folk; 78rpm
Downloads: 11,430 (4 reviews)
|Son House-My Black Mama Part One - Son House|
Recorded in June 1930 in Grafton, Wisconsin. These recording sessions included Charley Patton, Willie Brown and Louise Johnson who all drove up to Wisconsin together from Mississippi. This tune made a deep impression on a young Robert Johnson, who was reportedly mentored somewhat by House; Johnson later recorded this tune as "Walkin' Blues." John Lee Hooker likewise did his own version in 1949 called "Burnin' Hell," based on the lines from the third verse: "Yeah, ain't no heaven, ain't no burnin...
Keywords: Music; Acoustic; Blues; Acoustic Country Blues; Delta Blues; 78rpm
Downloads: 29,866 (5 reviews)
|B. F. Shelton-Pretty Polly - B. F. Shelton|
Recorded on July 29 1927 at Bristol, Tennessee during the famous Bristol Sessions where Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family made their first recordings. This version of "Pretty Polly" is just one of the many turns on the "murdered girlfriend" ballad. Banjo players who play these sordid little tunes tend to tune their instrument to a modal tuning. Some researchers have held the belief that "Pretty Polly" is a shortened variation of another ballad called "The Gosport Tragedy."
Keywords: Music; Acoustic; Ballad; Country; Old-Time Appalachian; Banjo Tune; 78rpm
Downloads: 18,806 (11 reviews)